Why does a “good God” allow suffering? It is a question that has plagued man for many centuries.
Well, first of all, when everything is going well in our lives, and we are successful and have everything going in our lives (good job, lots of friends, etc.), we tend to forget God and/or contribute our “success” to ourselves, instead of to God. Therefore, we think we don’t NEED God and/or salvation and put God by the wayside.
And then, in our attempts to “find ourselves” instead of “find God”, we tend to substitute God with other things in our lives (for example, the love of money, cars, celebrities, movies, tv shows, videogames, other people, etc.)
Or maybe we know of someone who is a man or woman of God who has a bad thing or things happen to him/her and we find ourselves asking why such a “good, loving God” would do such a thing!
Answer: God uses painful or hard circumstances in our life in order to draw us closer to him! Because think about it. When we have everything we want or need in life, we tend to think we don’t NEED God in our lives.
But when our lives are tough and everything in our lives is NOT going so well, all of a sudden, and we start to realize that our lives are NOT in our own hands, we have a tendency to surrender to God and draw closer to him! (Which is exactly what God wants! He wants us to draw forever closer to him!)
Think about it. If you always got everything you EVER wanted in life and more, wouldn’t life be pretty boring?
And isn’t the old clique true “the more you have, the more you are constantly ‘in want of’”?
God throws us a curve ball every now and then to test us/our faith,, to strengthen us and give us spiritual growth in life.
A life without any spiritual growth would be a very empty, restless life, indeed.
Wouldn’t you agree?